Digital legacies

Digital legacies refer to the data we leave behind when we pass. During our lifetimes, especially if we are Internet users, we generate large amounts of data, and create content through our use of social platforms, photo- and video-sharing websites, users reviews, and every electronic artefact we own.

The question is: What happens to this data and content after we pass? Do succession laws come into play, or is our content subject to the provisions contained in terms of use developed by the platforms which are storing or holding such data?

Currently, a patchwork of rules and provisions exist, and there is no common agreement of how digital legacies should be tackled. This issue is at its infancy.

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